Last night will be a memory to savour for the Old Lady while it was one of anguish and pain for the Giallorossi faithfuls as AS Roma lost to Juventus 4-3.
The hosts had gone ahead courtesy of former Chelsea man Tammy Abraham but it was cancelled out by Paulo Dybala in the 18th minute.
Mourinho’s side went 3-1 up through Henrik Mkhitaryan and Lorenzo Pellegrini, captain of side who netted a beautiful free-kick.
But on a night where heroes would emerge, they would do so without wearing capes.
Recent signing from Sassuolo, Manuel Locatelli began the comeback story and Sweden youngster Dejan Kulusevski netted the equalizer for the Allianz Stadium based side. Mattia de Sciglio scored to give Juventus a 4-3 unlikely victory.
After shipping in three goals in seven minutes, Roma got a chance to pull back after Mathijs de ligt got sent off, but they couldn’t take their chance as Pellegrini saw his penalty kick saved by Juve shotstopper Wojciech Szçzesny.
Roma are lurched in eighth place in Serie A, level on points with city rivals Lazio while Juventus are in fifth place but have opened a six points lead over Roma.
Speaking after the game Roma manager Jose Mourinho said his team suffered from ‘psychological complex’ and it was the reason they gave Juve the reigns during those game-tlting seven minutes.
“We were in total control for 70 minutes,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“The team played really well and had the mentality of taking control, we came out and started strong. We had this idea of the high press, of controlling the tempo and taking the initiative.” He continued.
“It was so good for 70 minutes, then there was this psychological collapse. The 3-2 killed us, because Felix [Afena-Gyan] had an extraordinary game, which finished with a sprint against [Juan] Cuadrado. I take him off and his replacement [Eldor Shomurodov] gets it all wrong.”
“When we allowed them back in for 3-2, a team with a strong mentality like Juventus, a strong character, the fear set in. A psychological complex. It’s not a problem for me having 3-2, it’s a problem for them. For my team.” Mourinho said.
“At the end of the day, when you’re in the s**t, you get back on your feet and find your character. But there are people in this locker room who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak.”
“I already told the players, if the game had ended at the 70th minute, it would’ve been an extraordinary performance. Unfortunately, it didn’t end then.” The former Inter boss added.